2022 Camp Invention Inspires Kids to Explore Summer STEM Fun Underwater and in Outer Space

Leading Summer Camp Makes Inventing Relatable and Fun

NORTH CANTON, Ohio — Oct. 28, 2021 — For more than three decades, Camp Invention® has developed confidence and problem-solving skills in young innovators through authentic, hands-on STEM activities. In the newly announced 2022 program, Explore, campers will design a tank for their robotic fish; experiment with animation and materials science; explore distant moons; and construct their own marble arcade!

Camp Invention, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, provides a unique experience for children to make discoveries about the importance of intellectual property while exploring, creating and designing. Camp promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning; builds leadership, perseverance and resourcefulness; and encourages entrepreneurship — in an exciting and engaging environment.

“The core learning experience that my girls received and the inspiration to look at items innovatively, pushing the boundaries of their imagination, and bringing it to life was awe-inspiring,” said the parent of 2021 campers. “They have benefited tremendously, learning they can make a difference in creating for the world they live in.”

Each year, the program features a new curriculum inspired by some of our nation’s greatest innovators — the NIHF Inductees. For 2022, the Explore curriculum features exclusive video content from these Inductees encouraging children to be confident in their ideas and explore their ability to innovate. These hands-on modules include:

  • Robotic Aquatics™: Children dive into cutting-edge ocean research when they receive their own robotic fish. They design and patent new aquatic plants to create a mini-tank habitat, and they give their fish a symbiotic best friend. By designing the next great bio-inspired aquatic innovation, students lure in and hook investors at the fish market.
  • NIHF’s The Attic™: In this immersive STEAM experience, children solve riddles to find inventions that have changed the way people create. Learning that everyone can be creative, they play and experiment with materials science, chemistry and art. They even build their own “Arty Bot” to make unique spin art.
  • Spacecation™: Imaginations soar beyond Earth’s atmosphere with science-rich activities inspired by real space exploration. Children create Spacepacks and Astro-Arm devices, cook up a surprise galactic pizza, make lunar glow-in-the-dark discoveries and observe ice volcanoes. Before returning to Earth, they mine an asteroid, collect data on a newly hatched animal and fuel up for their trip home.
  • Marble Arcade™: As they build a mega marble arcade, gamers zigzag through physics, engineering and gaming to explore how math, motion and mass generate fun. Children test gaming spheres using scientific principles like potential and kinetic energy. Exciting challenges shift the digital world into hands-on problem solving as gamers build and collaborate.

Local programs are facilitated and taught by certified local educators. Annually, Camp Invention programs benefit more than 130,000 children and partner with 1,800 schools and districts across the nation. Educators and school districts can partner with Camp Invention in 2022 by visiting invent.org/camp.

About Camp Invention

Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention encourages children entering kindergarten through sixth grade to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum inspired by some of the world’s greatest inventors. Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. This nationwide, nonprofit organization is committed to the curious minds and innovative spirits of the past, present and future. Since 1990, our education programs have served more than 1.9 million children, and 210,000 teachers and Leadership Interns. For more information, visit invent.org/programs/camp-invention.

Media Contact:
Ken Torisky
National Inventors Hall of Fame
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